We are now accepting fuel grant applications for our Individual Grants Panel Meeting in March 2020. The deadline date for applications is Monday 24 February.
We are pleased to report that 13 community grants were awarded in December 2019 at a cost of £177,200. Grants included:
Based in East Twickenham, ETNA (East Twickenham Community Centre) provides a range of support for local residents. A £29,500 grant will pay towards the new kitchen extension, a ramp to allow full access to the front of the building and a new decked terrace area. These works will provide improved access and community facilities.
LVA Trust received £26,500 towards a PSHE educator to deliver a programme of work on healthy relationships, peer pressure, self-esteem, anxiety and secual health in 3 secondary schools and one primary school in the Hampton Fund area of benefit.
OK Music Trust received £15,100 towards the costs of music school tuition for children and young people with physical, learning, neurological or physiological difficulties.
Richmond Mencap received £11,500 towards 24 weekend day trips for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities with the aim of improving their confidence and independence.
Richmond upon Thames Performing Arts Festival received a grant of £3,000 towards the running costs of the annual festival in 2020 which will provide speech and drama performance opportunities for children and young people.
At our last meeting in January 2020 Hampton Fund helped 316 families and single people on low income with the cost of their gas and electricity bills.
The Mayor of Richmond upon Thames attended the launch of Hampton Fund at York House, Twickenham on 31 July.
For over 200 years Hampton Fuel Allotment Charity has been supporting the local community. Through careful stewardship of its funds, the charity provides over £2M each year to tackle need and improve quality of life for residents in the borough.
People on low income living in the Hamptons, Teddington, Twickenham and Whitton can apply to the annual Fuel Grant Scheme. Each year over 1,500 families and individuals are helped with the cost of their gas and electricity bills. In addition, 79 community grants to the value of £1.339M were awarded to local charities and community groups during our recent financial year.
Our new name will avoid confusion around the words ‘fuel’ and ‘allotment’. After all, we don’t give grants for petrol and we don’t have an allotment! In short, we are very keen to reach out to more people who may not be familiar with the help we give.
Cllr Nancy Baldwin, Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, said:
“Hampton Fund is one of our oldest local charities and one of our most important. I personally know of a number of families who have gone to the charity when they have needed help. Not one family was turned away.
“This new name marks a new chapter in the Charity’s history. It will reach out to new audiences, embrace modern technology and create stronger, thriving communities.
“The work of Hampton Fund is needed more than ever, and I wish Hampton Fund all the very best for the future.”
The event was also attended by Clare Lawrence, Director of OK Music Trust; and Mandy Tottman, a Volunteer & Trustee at Home-Start. Both Clare and Mandy spoke about the invaluable support Hampton Fund has provided for their work over many years . Both charities have been chosen to be the Mayor's charities for this year.
If you are thinking of changing fuel suppliers and would like to benefit from our fuel grants please contact us before switching over. This is because we are unable to work with all the suppliers in the market. Currently we only work with the following companies: British Gas, EDF, EON, Npower, Scottish Power, SSE (Southern Electric) and Utility Warehouse. If you would like to know more, please call us on: 020 8941 7866.